Outdoor Learning Center wins Caudill Award for facility’s architecture
Outdoor Learning Center wins Caudill Award for facility’s architecture
Posted on 01/19/2018
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The Northwest ISD Outdoor Learning Center

Northwest ISD’s Outdoor Learning Center has won the prestigious Caudill Award as part of the 2017-18 Exhibit of School Architecture competition, the top award for school designs in the state.

The Outdoor Learning Center is a 193-acre facility that serves up to 650 students a day. Architecture firm Stantec designed the facility, which is composed of four main structures – a “great hall” for gatherings and three pavilions for environmental and ecosystem education – alongside its smaller structures and trails used for outdoor learning.

The Caudill Class distinction is awarded annually by a 12-member jury composed of four school board members, four educational administrators, two representatives from the Texas Society of Architects and two representatives from the Association for Learning Environments. Northwest ISD is among just four school districts to receive the Caudill Award. Alvin ISD won for Shadow Creek High School, also designed by Stantec; Houston ISD won for its replacement of Conduit Elementary School, designed by VLK Architects; and McKinney ISD won for its renovation of McKinney North High School, also designed by Stantec.

With its win, Northwest ISD has earned a Caudill Award for two consecutive years. Eaton High School, designed by Corgan, won the award last year for its architecture.

For their honor, Northwest ISD and Stantec will be recognized at the Texas Association of School Administrators Midwinter Conference, which takes place Jan. 28-31 in Austin.

For more information about the Exhibit of School Architecture competition, click here.